IRTIS co-hosted the Cyberspace 2019 - an international conference focused on legal and social aspects of information and communication technologies. We were especially honored to welcome Sonia Livingstone, one of the world's leading researchers of the risks and opportunities children and adolescents face online.
On the first day of the conference, Sonia Livingstone gave a thought-provoking keynote speech, presenting preliminary results from the Global Kids Online research project. This UNICEF project provides unique data about internet use and online experiences of children and adolescents from all around the world. A brand new research report form the project is available here.
Sonia Livingstone is also a member of the advisory board for our project FUTURE. Before her keynote, we had a fruitful discussion with her about our theoretical model for FUTURE and found many similarities to her model for Global Kids Online.
We were happy to meet with many other insightful speakers and esteemed guests. Among them were Leen d'Haenens, the principal investigator of the Horizon 2020 project ySKILLS, and Alexander Schouten, one of the editors of the Cyberpsychology Journal. We were also glad to see Giovanna Mascheroni, Kjartan Ólafsson and Cristina Ponte from the EU Kids Online network again.
Some of our team members also presented their research at Cyberspace. Lenka Knapová shared the results of a user study focused on different methods of authentication in a mobile banking application. In the afternoon, Nikol Kvardová and Natália Valkovičová presented about the associations between banning mobile phones during schools breaks and student's break related activities and problems (research report in Czech available here). They worked on this research with David Šmahel.
We are thankful to all guests, attendees and organizers for another successful and inspiring Cyberspace. We are already looking forward to Cyberspace 2020!
How Do Health-oriented Websites Impact Women’s Drive for Thinness?
In the blogpost for the ySKILLS project, IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel explain how online social support relates to the internalization of body-appearance norms and drive for thinness among young women. They also discuss the potential buffering role of digital skills.
European children’s experiences of cyberhate
Marie Bedrošová from IRTIS writes about the cyberhate phenomenon and comments the results of EU Kids Online IV results regarding this issue in a post for the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future.
EUKO 2020 Technical report is now available
EU Kids Online 2020: Technical report detailing the methodological aspects of EU Kids Online IV project is now available.
Children's access to quality health information during COVID-19
IRTIS members David Šmahel and Rostislav Zlámal contributed to a new UNICEF research brief focusing on children's access to health information online and their ability to verify truthfulness of such information in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.